Mulberry House Ongar creative writing group members, Alison Wingfield, Katie Partridge, Carol Moore and Natasha Dudley talked about how the group that meets on Thursday mornings 10-12 has given them confidence to develop their creativity. They all spoke about the group being an encouraging and supportive environment where everyone could bring a contribution to share and others to hear. Alison commented that it is not always easy to present material to strangers and people can be discouraged with memories from experiences at school. Katie had been telling stories to her grandson and he gave the original inspiration for her to write them down. This has resulted in The unexpected guest, a teenage fiction that is available as a hard-back and also an e-book from Amazon. She said that her daughter had helped her with the publishing process and she now felt confident about potentially helping others. Natasha enjoys writing poetry. The group are encouraging her to also publish via this same route. A few years ago Alison had turned some of her poetry into a song. We played the track today. It is also available on YouTube. Carol found her inspiration from the Psalms and trying to work them into a style like nursery rhymes, so they could be learnt by young children. They all encouraged anyone who is interesting in exploring their creativity through creative writing of any form to be in touch with Mulberry House on 01277 365 398 or contact through the weblink below.
She Rafferty – Out of the blue
Jason Mraz – Good old daze – from 2020 album, Look for the good.
Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten – chosen by Katie. She felt the word summed up the reality of everyone’s creativity waiting to be released.
Cliff Richard – Wired for sound – chosen by Natasha who thought it is a great tune.
Alison Wingfield – How can I forget. Guest Alison wrote and recorded this track.
Above, David Essex in 1973.
Below, 2022 tour.
David Essex celebrated his 75th birthday. We heard his self-penned 1973 UK no3 and USA no 5, Rock on.
Bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss has won 27 Grammy Awards. She is 52 years old. We heard her duet with Robert Plant, Gone, gone, gone, from their 2007 album Raising Sand, which won the Grammy award for album of the year.
Andy Connell is the composer and musician in the duo Swing Out Sister. He celebrated his 61st birthday recently. We heard the band’s 1986 UK no 4 and USA no 6, Breakout.
Westlife – You raised me up – chosen by Carol Moore as it has special memories of being played at a time when she was in hospital and of how God helped her recovery.
Dubxanne featuring Claire Parsons – Running up that hill.
Paul Carrick – Tell someone who cares – from the 2018 album – These days.
Harry Styles – Treat people with kindness – from the 2019 album – Frontline
Chart this week in
No 2 Ronan Keating – Life is a rollercoaster
No 17 Kylie Minogue – Spinning around
No 19 David Gray – Babylon
Jools Holland & Marc Almond – Lovely life to live
George Martin – Theme 1
Join me next week for an eclectic Friday afternoon music mix, featuring some of the tracks recently chosen by guests, the birthdays competition and a heritage chart from sixty years ago in 1962.